Te Henga TrailIntermediate
Submitted by Malcolm Law
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This route is part of the Shoe Science Auckland Collection
Cross the stream on the wee bridge and run towards the sea, following the trail over towards O'Neills Bay. The trail runs in the dines just behind the beach and leads onto the first big climb .
After knocking off this grunter follow your nose and Te Henga Trail signs as the trail wends it way north up and down some steep stuff on this spectacular coastal track with stunning views (if it's full sun watch the exposure as there's next to no tree cover on this section)
You will eventually find the track veers inland over a small hill across a paddock and on to the delightful (haha) Constable Rd stairs. These are a quad burner, pace yourself tiger.
Once at the top you'll meet up with Constable Rd, your turn around point.
Head back the way you came - don't worry, running south this time it feels like a very different trail with different views to take your mind off the pain!
Features of interest
Cliff Tops, Black Sand Beaches, Big Hills, Trans-Tasman Views.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 35%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Start at the Lake Wainamu car park (just over the one lane bridge at Bethells there's parking to the left or right of the bridge - the track starts on the right (sea side) of the bridge.
No transport to here but safe enough parking and usually plenty of it unless it's the middle of a great summers day
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
None (other than the tap by the bridge right at the start)
Take your own and take plenty, especially if it's a hot day
It's exposed for much of the run so expect heat and sun to be a factor on a good day or wet and cold winds (Sou-Westers) on a not-so-good day when extra layers and a seam-sealed jacket are a must.
Cliffs - if you fall from these you will make a hell of a mess of yourself and the rocks below which is a real pain in the butt for the rangers to have to clean up. Don't run this alone in high winds and take extreme care on a windy day - it's a wild, invigorating place but it has real risks especially if the wind is a howling offshore (easterly). It's usually a Westerly by the way.
Be aware of the exposure hazards and pack sunscreen & plenty of water.s
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